Tuesday Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 60. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. North wind 6 to 10 mph.
The bad news is the polar ice caps are receding, but the good news is the glaciers in the bike lane are retreating:
In other news of 21st century problems, the latest anti-social behavior "Volt-Hoarding," which is when someone scores a pedal-assist Citi Bike and then decides to keep it to themselves indefinitely:
(Photo courtesy of @fsharris)
Maybe Citi Bike needs to start fining these people so that simply buying their own ebike makes more economic sense. Speaking of fines:
Scooter startups are starting to experiment with punitive fines to discourage bad rider behavior. But some riders are crying foul over unexpected fees. https://t.co/lXwKruIog7— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 4, 2019
Lime says the user fines aren’t meant to boost revenue, but rather to comply with local regulations and curb bad behavior. The company believes the penalties are effective, even though it acknowledges some consumers get wrongfully charged. The company says it sorts out disputed fines and, in some cases, offers refunds.
Dockless bikes and scooters took off in part because of people are free to leave them virtually anywhere when done with a ride. But that flexibility also opens to the door to abuse.
At least these companies are taking responsibility for their users' behavior. Just imagine if Hyundai fined its lessees for illegal parking. Wouldn't that be fantastic?
In Queens, on February 25th, the DOT will solicit feedback on cycling from local businesses:
Are you a business in #Queens who is interested in #bikenyc? Join us & @RutgersU for a focus group on 2/25, 7PM-9PM at Elmhurst Hospital.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) February 4, 2019
Space is limited. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-839-7175. Please provide advance notice for accessibility accommodations. #BigJump pic.twitter.com/EBi5W2FZ19
The university will hold one focus group with community members and another separate one with business owners to hear about perceptions and desires of bicycling in the neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.
“We are also curious as to what types of activities, programs or marketing would impact those perceptions,” said a representative for the DOT in an email to QNS.
Presumably we won't be hearing from Jay Parker of Ben's Best about how bicycles and pastrami are mutually exclusive.
Tragically, early Monday a hit-and-run driver killed a cyclist near Times Square:
Judging from the video it seems to have occurred in or near the 8th Avenue bike lane:
Meanwhile, you may recall Sian Green:
A British tourist who lost her leg below the knee after being struck by an out-of-control taxi cab has finally dropped a lawsuit — and all she got was $150,000.https://t.co/vN88ajGMvK— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 3, 2019
You may also recall she was struck by a taxi driver who was fighting with a bike messenger:
The gruesome Aug. 2013 crash in Midtown grabbed national headlines: Then-23-year-old Sian Green was on the first day of a vacation in the Big Apple when a bike messenger and a cabbie allegedly got into a dispute on Sixth Ave., leading the taxi to crash onto the sidewalk at 49th St.
Of course the cab driver blamed the bike messenger at the time, and now the victim's attorney is blaming Uber and Lyft for the paltry settlement:
The sorry settlement of $150,000 was paid by Shoe Taxi Corp., which owned the cab.
“The medallion is worth nothing,” Marchese said, citing the economic impact of ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft.
Still, as underwhelming as the settlement is, Lyft and Uber probably won't take any responsibility if one of their "independent contractors" hits you, so there you go.
Finally, AM New York looks at the status of the L train shutdown contingency changes:
The coalition has a few local businesses along 14th Street in its corner. Ray Gurrai, the manager of Crossroads Wine & Spirits, said that the deliveries he receives three times a week have become much more complicated without a place to park on the block.
“We need parking or else it’s going to hurt our business,” Gurrai said. “We have customers that want to park outside our business, in front of our business.”
Who expects to find parking in front of a wine store on 14th Street? Is this a Seinfeld episode? Even George and Kramer got blocked in trying and that was 25 years ago.